SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — Chicago’s newly-elected mayor, Lori Lightfoot, visited the Capitol Wednesday. She was introducing herself to lawmakers before she officially takes office next month.
Despite tensions between Chicago lawmakers and everyone else, the entire Capitol welcomed Lightfoot with open arms.
The mayor-elect started her trip with a visit to the governor’s office where they discussed building relationships within the state.
Lightfoot then made her way to the House to meet with Speaker Michael Madigan before addressing the House body.
She told lawmakers bridging the gap between the northern and southern parts of the state is critical to Illinois’ success. Lightfoot received a standing ovation from the entire chamber.
After her speech, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle lined up to take pictures with her.
Wednesday was the first of a two-day trip for Lightfoot. She’s due to address Senators Thursday morning.